Browsing: Misconceptions

A Brief History On April 20, 1862, French scientists Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard proved that Aristotle was wrong! Digging Deeper The state of science thousands of years ago was somewhat more primitive than today. Ancient people did not have microscopes, X-rays, CT Scans, gas chromatography, chemical tests, electron microscopes, centrifuges, and had not even developed the so called scientific method to test theories. People believed the Brandt Goose came from barnacles by that name, and a common belief was that maggots came from dead flesh.  They did not understand microbes, DNA, or the Atomic Theory. Aristotle, the tutor of…

A Brief History Religious reformer Martin Luther refused to recant during his trial for heresy on April 18, 1521, but what might you not know about him? Digging Deeper 10. Luther received a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Wittenberg in 1512. He had earlier earned 2 bachelor’s degrees.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies in 1508 and another bachelor’s degree in the Sentences by Peter Lombard in 1509. 9. Although Luther believed that “holy war” or religious wars were against God’s will, the same war fought for secular reasons were permissible, or even desirable! Meanwhile, Luther’s…

A Brief History On March 24, 1976, Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein, hero of World War II, died at home in England.  Along with Wellington, Montgomery is the most celebrated of British generals and had the ego to match, or even exceed, his reputation.  Awarded medals and honors from his own country, “Monty” was also decorated with high honors from many other countries as well, including the US, France, Denmark (they made him a Knight of the Order of The Elephant), Belgium, Ethiopia and others.  As great as he thought he was, Monty was not without…

A Brief History Despite all the police television shows and movies, there are many misconceptions about what police can and cannot do, and how they are supposed to do it.  Hopefully this list will help enlighten people or stimulate them to discuss what should be as opposed to what is. Digging Deeper 10. All Police Love Donuts. This belief is ridiculous!  No more than about 99% would fall into this category by my personal observations!. 9. Police Have Monthly Ticket Quotas. Since this possibility is actually illegal, technically they do not have quotas.  That being said, many police administrators or…

A Brief History On August 20, 2008, the results of the internet voting of which top locations should be included in Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition were announced.   Of those selected, the Polish city of Gdynia was especially notable.  The original Monopoly game is famously believed to have been created by Charles Darrow, but this was simply not the case.  Here we list 10 people believed to have done something they did not do.  What other miscarriages of history would you add to the list?  (Note: These are mostly mistaken historical beliefs of laypeople, not historians.) Digging Deeper 10. …

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